Tools

Study tracks impact of childhood trauma on long-term health

By JOLEEN FERRIS

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A co-principal investigator of the Centers for Disease Control traveled to Utica Wednesday to share the findings of a study of the implications of adverse childhood experiences on the adults who experience them.
      
Dr. Vincent Felitti conducted the Kaiser Permanente ACE Study (adverse childhood experience) in San Diego.  His subjects: 17,500 now middle-aged adults.  The study identified ten categories of adverse childhood experiences that wound up translating into emotional and even health problems into adulthood. In some cases, stress caused smoking which lead to emphysema.  In others, stress caused overeating which lead to diabetes.

The ten categories of adverse childhood experiences included three areas of abuse (physical, sexual, humiliation); two areas of neglect and five areas of household dysfunction (having an abused parent, an imprisoned parent, an alcoholic parent, etc.).

Dr. Felitti says the best fix is actually very low-tech.

"The greatest public health advance I can conceive of at this point in our country's history would be to figure out how to improve parenting skills across the nation."

Dr. Felitti will share his findings with local mental health professionals and educators Thursday at SUNYIT.

The Oneida County Executive Office's ACE grant administrator helped bring the doctor to Utica.

What's On